Admissions Information
Application and any transcripts are to be submitted directly to:
The Graduate School Madonna University
36600 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, Michigan 48150-1176
(734) 432-5667 or (800) 852-4951, ext. 5667
Fax (734) 432-5862
Email: grad@madonna.edu

MAT Early Childhood Education Plan of Study

MAT Early Childhood Education
Print logo

MAT Early Childhood Education


   Program Requirements (31 cr. to be chosen)


      Educational Found Core (6 cr. to be chosen)


         EDU 5050/5070 Option (3 cr. to be chosen)

            EDU 5050   American Education: Historical, Social, and Political Perspectives 3 cr.  A focus on the historical events, ideological controversies, and political and social forces that have shaped the American education system from the colonial period to the present. Designed to develop in educational leaders an understanding of the relationship between schooling and society. 
            EDU 5070   Schooling in Comparative and International Perspectives 3 cr.  Provides an overview of education systems and developments in selected countries; describes major similarities and differences among these systems of education; and delineates exemplary practices of some countries that may be worth emulating by others. Particular attention is given to assessing Americans education in international context, and to inquiring about developments around the world that may have important implications for the improvement of American schools. 
         EDU 5060   Research and Educational Practice 3 cr.  A focus on the knowledge and skills needed by educators to understand, evaluate, and use research. Critical analysis of the major principles of teaching and classroom learning. Applying research skills to researching and critically analyzing recent trends and traditional theories in the field of education. 

      Teaching & Learning Conc (8 cr. to be chosen)

         EDU 5240   Application of Technology in P-12 Schools 3 cr.  Exploration of the historical and social context of current technology and projection of future roles and trends based on published research. Discussion of issues relating to professional development, resources evaluation, professional empowerment, and diversity. Examination of social and ethical issues facing P-12 schools. Students survey the software and hardware available to support teaching, communication, and multimedia. 
         EDU 5710   Change in Educational Organizations 3 cr.  Important components of educational change and collaborative leadership are explored. The course emphasizes methods for fostering analysis and communication necessary for changing standards of practice. A field component encouraging participating as an educational change agent is a vital part of this experience, enabling students to make connections to holistic evaluation, program improvement, and community involvement. Recommended to be taken early in the master’s program. 
         EDU 6610   Best Practice Classrooms 2 cr.  The study of best practice in classrooms involves a critical analysis of current best instructional practices. The course emphasizes an investigation of the research and theoretical foundations of each practice, as they relate to practical applications in the classroom. A field component, consisting of classroom observations focusing on comparative analyses of each practice is a vital part of the experience. Connections are made to student motivation, program improvement, and enhanced pedagogy. 

      Adv Early Childhood Core (16 cr. to be chosen)

         ECE 5120   Early Childhood Curricula 3 cr.  Historical and philosophical foundations of early childhood curricula; effects of curriculum standards in early childhood education for the state of Michigan; creating supportive learning environments with community curricular expectations; adapting learning tasks in light of learning profiles, interests, and developmental challenges. 
         ECE 5130   Home/School Partnerships 2 cr.  The role of the family in children’s learning and development; the importance of forming positive home/school relationships with all families; strategies for working in partnership with parents, caregivers, and other professionals for the purpose of supporting the learning and development of children. Readings and experiences focus on the development of advocacy skills for children and their families. 
         ECE 5160   Assessment of the Young Child 3 cr.  The study of theoretical foundations and procedures appropriate for evaluating the development and learning of the young child. Special consideration given to the assessment of diverse or exceptional populations. Connections are made between understanding and appropriate usage of formal and informal assessment, current assessment issues, and assessment strategies. 
         ECE 5170   Programming for Infant and Toddler Development 3 cr.  Understanding typical and atypical development of infants and toddlers in order to create developmentally appropriate learning environments meeting Michigan Standards of Quality for Infant and Toddler Programs. Creating respectful, responsive, supportive and challenging learning experiences and activities for all infants and toddlers. Strategies for partnering with families to support infant and toddler development, including participation in IFSPs (Individual Family Service Plans) and IEPs (Individualized Educational Plans). 
         ECE 5930   Practicum in Early Childhood Education 2 cr.  Practicum of 120 clock hours in a childcare center, with a seminar to support students in the experience. Cumulative assumption of responsibilities in the early childhood classroom. Corequisite: ECE 3580. 
         ECE 6210   Design of Instruction for Children with Exceptional Learning Needs 3 cr.  Design and implement learning experiences for children with exceptionalities through the use of learning supports and transition planning, and including the use of adaptive, assistive, and augmentative technologies. Students work in a professional team context to support developmentally appropriate practice, including the construction of domain-specific learning goals for an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). Includes a field component. 

      Capstone (1 cr. to be chosen)

         ECE 6960   Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood 1 cr.  Application of theoretical understandings of school organizational change and informed advocacy gained through the Early Childhood Program. Students create a workshop for early childhood professionals based on research completed in EDU 5710. Prerequisite: EDU 5710. 
Print logo